Jam sessions and more at Old Town school

Nestled at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. in the neighborhood of Lincoln Square, resides one very vibrant musical experience. The Old Town School of Folk Music was established in 1957 and has ever since provided a place for people of all ages to come, listen and play. It offers hundreds of different classes for individuals of all ages, free jam sessions, a beautiful music store, incredible concerts and countless other musical events.

The school recently created a brand new building, which is located across the street from the old one. It is immaculate and beautifully decorated. Its location across from the historic Old Town School also creates an amazing juxtaposition of tradition and renewal that serves as just one more impressive feat that defines the legendary school. There is also a branch in Lincoln Park located at 909 W. Armitage Ave.

There are countless classes at the Old Town School, which are defined by their laid-back, accepting and all around familial atmosphere. The school offers private lessons and group lessons. There is everything from yoga to ukulele to guitar at several levels, with lessons every single day of the week at different times. There truly is something for everyone; inconvenience is no excuse.

I recently began taking group guitar lessons at the Old Town School. I was nervous and hesitant at first, but with the encouragement of all of the kind teachers, the new friendships I formed with my fellow students and the incredibly supportive atmosphere, I found myself feeling more comfortable and learning more quickly than I ever thought possible. It is one of the kindest groups of people I have ever been around.

If you are ever considering beginning an instrument or form of dance, The Old Town School of Folk Music is an incredible way to jump right in. Learning any kind of instrument or dance for the first time is no easy feat, but at the Old Town School you will be amazed by how quickly you are learning and what an amazing time you are having while doing it.

In addition to classes, the school offers free jam sessions on Wednesdays at 12 p.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m. They are a wonderful way to meet new people, hear your instrument in combination with others and, above all, gain invaluable musical confidence.

The school serves as a concert hall as well, featuring artists from all over as well as those who are involved in the school. Tickets are always reasonably priced and the intimate venue makes for beautiful shows and breathtaking sound.

The Old Town School of Folk Music is a remarkable experience. It is a famous piece of Chicago that has the unique ability to enable anyone to feel like an integral part of its workings and community.

For more information call The Old Town School of Folk Music at (773) 728-6000 or visit www.oldtownschool.org